Blogging in Higher Education: Use Patterns, Pedagogy, and Best Practices for Instruction

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Though reading blogs has become a popular part of Web culture--particularly significant in the news and political domains--blog use in educational settings, as an instructional technology, and its effect on teaching and learning have not been widely researched. This presentation involves an exploratory, mixed-method study of academic blog use at one university. This research includes two separate data collections: 1) an analysis of all hosted blogs at one university during Spring 2007 and 2) a targeted look at instructor and student blog experiences during Spring 2008. In the earlier study, we examined patterns in blog longevity and activity (posting and comments) across various types of university blogs and authors. We found that blogs used for academic purposes differed from other types of university blogs. In the current study, we follow up with an in-depth examination of how blogs are being used for instruction. This study includes both quantitative and qualitative data collected by online surveys from students and faculty, from select courses using blogs, about their blog experiences. An analysis of the data will suggest characteristics of a pedagogy for instructional blogging, as well as best practices for effective blog use for teaching and learning in higher education.


Keywords: Instructional Blog Use, Blogs in Higher Education, Blogging Experience (Students & Faculty)
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr. Laura Brewer

Director of Research, Applied Learning Technologies Institute
University Technology Office, Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA


Dr. Samuel DiGangi

Associate Vice Provost, Applied Learning Technologies Institute
University Technology Office, Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA


Dr. Angel Jannasch-Pennell

Assistant VP, Applied Learning Technologies Institute
University Technology Office, Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA


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